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are sponges. they just soak that up. a 30 million more deficit is hard to make up. and if a black or latino kid isn't ready for kindergarten, he's half as likely to finish middle school with strong academic and social skills. so by giving our kids access to high-quality early education and by helping parents get the cools they need to help their children succeed, we can give more kids a better shot at the career they are capable of and the life that will make us all better off. that's point number one, right at the beginning. point number two, if a child can't read well by the time he's in third grade, he's four times less likely to graduate from high school by age 19 than one who can. and if he happens to be poor, he's six times less likely to graduate. so by boosting reading levels, we can help more of our kids make the grade. keep on advancing. reach that day that so many parents dream of coming close and then you start tearing up and that's when they are walking across that stage holding that diploma. number three, we know that latino kids are almost twice as likely as white kids to be
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